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CFS Shear Wall Design Examples and Solutions

by Don Allen, P.E.

June 26, 2019; 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

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ICC Preferred Provider Course Number: 10625

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Seminar Description

The seminar will provide examples of cold-formed steel (CFS) shear wall design that highlight common mistakes and emphasize smart design. In addition to explaining specific detailing requirements for lateral resistance of (CFS) framed structures, examples of shear wall designs using several of the methodologies available using AISI S213 and AISI S240: North American Standard for Seismic Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Systems will be presented. Specific topics will include:

  • Layout of shear walls in a structure: tips for avoiding field problems
  • Deflection and stiffness calculations for shear walls
  • Where type I and type II shear walls make sense
  • Examples with both structural wood and steel sheathing
  • Boundary element design and sheathing attachment methods
  • Collectors and connection design do’s and don’ts
  • Appropriate use of hold-downs
  • Challenging wall-floor intersection details

This web seminar will also include three question-and-answer sessions.

The views and opinions expressed in this seminar are those of the speaker(s) and do not necessarily reflect those held by S. K. Ghosh Associates LLC.

Speaker Bio

Don Allen has been involved in cold-formed steel framing design since 1990, and currently serves as Director of Engineering for Super Stud Building Products. He chairs the Education Com­mittee of the American Iron and Steel Institute, and is actively involved in the development of ASTM and AISI standards. Having spent more than a decade in private practice and served over nine years as technical direc­tor for both the Steel Stud Manufacturers Association and the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute, Allen has seen firsthand what works and what does not in CFS lateral design. Allen lectures and writes about CFS design and construction issues regularly, and is the 2013 recipient of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) Distinguished Service Award. Allen is a Registered and Board Certified Professional Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional.

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Please note a single registration allows you to have one connection. However, a number of people can view and listen to the seminar using one connection by using an LCD projector (or a large computer monitor) and good computer speakers or a speaker phone.

All attendees, irrespective of the number of registered connections, can earn 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 2.0 professional development hours (PDHs). CEU/PDH certificates are provided free of charge.

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